Doctor Topáls team presented dogs with video recordings of a person turning toward one of two identical plastic pots while an eye tracker captured information on the dogs reactions. In one condition, the person first looked straight at the dog, addressing it in a high-pitched voice with “Hi dog!” In the second condition, the person gave only a low-pitched “Hi dog” while avoiding eye contact.The researchers found that the dogs were more likely to follow along and look at the pot when the person first expressed an intention to communicate.Dr Topál added: “Our findings reveal that dogs are receptive to human communication in a manner that was previously attributed only to human infants.”

via Dogs have social skills of small children – Telegraph.

The study also revealed one quarter of owners regularly argue about where the dog should be allowed to go in the house with beds, upstairs or sofas causing most rows.One fifth of families frequently argue whose turn it is to clean up the mess in the garden, while one in ten disagree who should clear up the carpets should they be soiled.Disciplining the dog is one of the biggest causes of arguments – as 18 per cent of couples often fall out because one is accused of being too harsh on the dog.

via Dogs cause three family arguments every week – Telegraph.